1990: The Making of Pearl Jam [A TFT Mini-Book]

by Jessica Letkemann on October 18, 2010

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There is so much more to the story of how Pearl Jam formed than has ever been shared.

To uncover it, I interviewed Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell and other key players, I dug up original 1990 Pearl Jam artifacts and hunted down rare audio, I triangulated dates and gathered every fact.

To celebrate Pearl Jam’s 20th Birthday, I’m proud to present the fruits of over 10 years of exhaustive original research.

Brew a pot of coffee, fire up your printer, and prepare for a long, engrossing read in unprecedented detail about the events of 1990, the year that a series of magically wild coincidences brought together the unlikely group of people that became Pearl Jam.


Discover the amazing events of 1990

  • Ed’s long-lost band with a member of Rage Against The Machine
  • The Mother Love Bone riffs that survived to become Pearl Jam classics
  • Eddie explains making “Momma-Son”
  • The true story of Ed’s TWO “first weeks” in Seattle with Mookie Blaylock in October 1990
  • Cornell talks Temple of the Dog, and Stone divulges the Pearl Jam fan-favorite that almost had lyrics by Cornell
  • Stone, Jeff, and Eddie recalling the first show, first song, and first weeks
  • Much, much more

Get Your Free Print Copy

Sure, you can print and read the whole PDF above. But here at TwoFeetThick.com, our print fanzine roots run deep. So if you would like a magazine-style limited edition version of my opus, “Music For Rhinos – 1990: The Making of Pearl Jam,” we will gladly send out free copies to the first 50 fans who ask.

For a printed copy, Contact us with “Music For Rhinos” in the subject, and be sure to include your mailing address in the message. The offer is now closed. The response has been amazing. We got 50 requests for the print version in the first HOUR after posting this, and they have flooded in by the hundreds since then. So by popular demand, we’ll be sending out print copies to the first 300 of you who requested them. We’ll send an email when it’s on its way to you. Thank you everyone for reading! -Jessica

UPDATE 11/10/2010: The first batch of the print copies are in the mail to those who requested them. I am emailing each person right after I mail each one, so you will know yours is coming. I will be sending more batches in the coming days so stay tuned and thanks again. -Jessica

Jessica Letkemann ( Twitter: @Letkemann )
TFT co-editor Jessica Letkemann is a New York based digital music journalist & editor. She's currently VP & Editor-In-Chief of Digital at Fuse Media (Fuse.tv) and was previously managing editor of Billboard.com. She has also been on staff at Spin and Premiere magazines. Her first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 2, 1992.

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